(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog junior varsity football team finished their season on a high note as they defeated the Jackson Indians 20-14 Monday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
The Bulldogs (6-2) and Indians held one another scoreless through the first quarter. Jackson was able to strike first when they ran it in from 11 yards out with 6:20 left in the second quarter. Sikeston answered on their ensuing drive with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Sam Erwin to Tanner Bryant to even the score at 6-6.
The Bulldogs were able to capitalize on an Indian miscue when Jordan Williams returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown with 12 seconds left in the first half. Sikeston took a 12-6 lead into halftime.
Jackson provided the lone score of the third quarter when they ran the ball in from 15 yards out and converted the two point conversion to take the lead 14-12.
The Bulldogs were able to strike the decisive blow with five minutes left in the game on a 45-yard touchdown run by Rico Ivy and a two-point conversion run by Williams.
Junior varsity coach Alan Scheeter said this was a big win for his team.
"I thought we played pretty hard throughout the entire game tonight," he said after Monday's victory. "We didn't necessarily play as 'smart' as we could have. We did a lot better in that regard in the second half. We finished strong in the second half to get a big win. Jackson is one of the premier programs in southeast Missouri and to win against them at any level is a success."
Scheeter feels his team had a productive season.
"I think we have had a great season," he said. "We allowed two games to slip away from us that we could have won. Our kids got a lot of good experience and that will do nothing but help them to be better varsity football players in the future."
Scheeter believes the future is bright for the football program.
"I think our future as a program is pretty bright," he said. "We had a successful junior varsity season. Eighth grade has had a good season. We were able to get a lot of freshmen game experience on the junior varsity. I feel things are really starting to move in a positive direction for the program."